Post-Christmas recycling

After the fun of Christmas comes the big clear up,so to get the best out of recycling this Christmas and make a great start to 2018, the council has issued some useful guidance on waste and recycling.

Recycle like a pro: Check what you can recycle , including what can be done with those mounds of wrapping paper - writes

Check the Love Food Hate Waste campaign for tips on menus, portions and shopping. Less haste makes less waste; check out what meals – including everything for Christmas lunch – can be prepared and cooked or part-cooked early.

There will be no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s day. There will also be some changes to your usual collection times. View the revised collection times .

Recycling – the big Christmas list

Tree: There will be a collection for the recycling of real Christmas trees from 8th to 22nd January 2018. If you currently receive a kerbside food and garden waste collection, please remove any decorations from the tree and leave out for collection on your scheduled day during this period. If you do not have kerbside services, please contact your property landlord or management company who can arrange collections from the nominated communal collection points.

Residents in flats should speak to their managing agents about help with recycling.

You can also take it along to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley St recycling centre details

Food waste you can’t avoid: please use your caddy if you have access to our food waste collection service , and we will compost it for you.

Batteries: used-up batteries from toys and games can be recycled at supermarkets or any recycling site.

Mixed recycling

  • Cardboard (and cards): brown, corrugated and grey card, Christmas cards, and brown envelopes can go into your recycling. Please flatten boxes, and cut or tear up large pieces. Small bits of card and Christmas cards can be put into larger boxes before flattening.
  • Wrapping paper: remove plastic bows and fabric ribbons first; plastic or metallic wrap must go into your rubbish.
  • Foil: rinse off any food and scrunch together aluminium foil, including mince pie cases, takeaway or ready-cooked meal containers, and foil previously used in cooking.
  • Glass and Cans can also go into your recycling, rinse them before you place in recycling bin or sack
  • Plastic bottles: discard trigger sprays, then rinse plastic bottles. We take all plastic bottles – from milk to shampoo, bleach to juice and washing up liquid - just add it.
  • into your mixed recycling.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“Making the Borough Cleaner and Greener is one of my key priorities. There are lots of opportunities for residents to waste less and recycle more in Tower Hamlets over the festive period, so that everyday items can be given a new lease of life. Make this Christmas ‘green’ - remember to recycle.”

Cllr Rachel Blake lead Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste said :

“By recycling over the Christmas period, you are doing your part to help the environment. We are providing information to our residents about what you can put in your recycling bags and when your collection times will be over the Christmas period so we can recycle more as a borough. Additionally the Council can take your Christmas tree away free of charge.”

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